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I had a very close friend at Jacob’s Well and she is still one of my dearest friends. We have been friends for over 3 years. She taught me about kindness, about meekness, about self-control. She taught me how to not take myself so seriously and she showed me what true friendship was all about. I love you Cheryl! Thank you for walking this out and being a beacon of hope for so many still in darkness!!! This is her testimony….

cheryl1Micah 7:8 – Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness the Lord will be my light.

Enemies…we all have enemies, And believe me when I tell you, that God’s Word is dead on when He says in John 10:10 that the thief comes only to kill, steal, and destroy.

1 Peter 5:8 – Be self controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

cheryl4In all honesty, I didn’t start out as my own worst enemy. That came over time as I grew older, made one wrong choice that led to another wrong choice, until before I knew it, my entire life was just a continuous series of wrong choices and bad decision making skills. No wonder addiction ended up completely taking over. In my addiction I was able to justify every horrible choice I made. It was so much easier to numb the emotional pain and deal with life high all the time than to clear my head and look around me at the reality of my situation. Towards the end, I had lost my children and my home. I had failed marriages, and had acquired several felony arrests and charges stemming from drug use. My thinking had become, “Well, you know what? I am already down and out and I have nothing more to lose, so let me go to this place called Jacob’s Well Recovery Center like the judge said so I don’t go to jail.”

That was May 29th, 2013. I had a court order and a duffel bag full of clothes. Those were the only things left in my possession on that day. My only possessions in life. Pretty sad, huh? I walked through the of that beautiful house completely defeated, hopeless, angry, and desperate.

cheryl3Now that I look back and remember that day, I can see the work that Jesus has done in me. I went from having nothing left to lose to having everything to gain. I wish I had an exact time and date to tell you when it clicked with me that this “Jesus Thing” was for real. Maybe it was that first Sunday I was there and laid at the altar completely broken and I finally cried out to God for help. Maybe it was the genuine love and laughter of the staff and other women that I felt each and every day. Perhaps it was seeing for the first time in my life that I didn’t have to stay a victim of my circumstances. I could be a conqueror in all of my situations.

My point is this…I arrived broken and the Lord completely healed my body, my soul, and my mind. I arrived angry and left with nothing but pure love and joy of the Lord in my spirit. I arrived hopeless and left with the everlasting promise of Isaiah 60:1-5.

cheryl2Isaiah 60:1-5 – “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. 2 See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. 3 Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. 4 Lift up your eyes and look about you: all assemble and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the hip. 5 Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come.”

I stayed 7 months in that restorative atmosphere and graduated on December 29, 2013. My next step was to go and stay at Grace House which was a 6 month transition house owned by Mr. and Mrs. David and Lisa Daughdrill. While there, I learned to apply my spirit-led principles with Jesus to basic every day life. I had a full time job and now I am in school full time to be a nurse. I’ve gotten my license reinstated. I recently just bought a car. Now I have full custody of my daughter back.

I wake up everyday and say, “God, it’s not about me, it’s about what I can do for you…lead me.” Let me just say His word says that obedience is better than sacrifice. How very true this is!!! Every day I see Christ open up the realms of glory and rain down blessing after blessing not only in my life, but in the lives of the people around me. It’s a beautiful, wonderful, marvelous thing to see. Is my life a bed of roses? No! Is it easy to have to deal with the repercussions of years of being my own worst enemy? No! Ha the last year of my life in complete surrender to the Lord been the best one I have ever lived? ABSOLUTELY! Even on days when all hell is breaking loose and it’s chaotic from one minute to the next, I still have a living hope and I know that it’s all for a greater purpose. That is DELIVERANCE. That is RESTORATION. That is the work of Jesus Christ, my Rock and my Redeemer!

You can read Micah about prophecy at www.biblegateway.com. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #Micah

To further your reading, consider this from:

Isaiah 9:2 – The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.

Nothing gives me more grief than watching those walk in darkness, knowing that the light of Jesus has already dawned. Look up! Take a new stance like Cheryl did! Walk in humility and grace and DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT!